18 March 2010 18:16:00
Sarracenia flower bud
I made a wonderful discovery today. The Sarracenia seed I sowed last autumn in a tray and left in my cold greenhouse, has germinated!!! And this despite the unbelievably cold temperatures we had.
Sarracenia (carnivorous pitcher plants from the Americas) require stratification to germinate. They also require pure peat and moisture and are strickly "tea total" - that means it's rain water only for them.
To tell the truth, I would not have tried such a fussy plant from seed but Gismo sent me some so I thouht I should at least try. Imagine my surprise and delight in seeing a smattering of tiny seeds in the tray this evening!
Siobhan, looks like you'll be getting some Sarracenia plants if you're still up for them : )
Speaking of Sarracenia, my mature ones are now sending up flowers, as per a previous journal entry and the photo opposite. They came through the winter in my cold greenhouse fine.